chapter  8
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Definition of Personality

This text gives an uncommonly clear explanation of what the Buddhist anatta-doctrine really means. The usual word for "ego" or "soul" (atti> is not mentioned here, but we see from the context that satta is used in the same meaning. It is not the functional unity and continuity that is denied but only the "soul", i e a permanent and unchanging personality core. Just as a car has some sort of personality, defined as a "characteristic unity of parts", so has also the human being an empiric, functional personality, built up from factors (khandha). Modern Western psychology describes personality in terms that are not much different in principle.